Internships and Careers for German and European Studies Students

Following the credo of Mary Lyon, the department has a proud tradition of connecting its rigorous curricular program with career exploration opportunities for students. Many of these alum continued their studies in German and other fields at the most renowned graduate and professional schools in the United States and abroad. Finally, we provide students with optimal support during the application process for stipend and internship opportunities in science, business, politics, journalism, film, and the arts—to name but a few—as well as study, research, and teaching fellowships abroad.

  • Mount Holyoke's Lynk Universal Application Funding (UAF) initiative offers internship funding for one domestic or international internship to every student that has secured a qualified summer internship or research position.

Helpful Advisors

  • Explore possibilities with your faculty advisor. Your professors can also help you with advice on career questions in their field of expertise.
  • Define your goals and develop search strategies. Career Advisors at the Career Development Center (CDC) are here to help you develop strategies to find jobs and internships, improve your resume and cover letters, and access resources.
  • Learn how to conduct informational interviews with people working in the field and find alum through The Gates, our exclusive networking platform. They can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs and graduate school.

Internships (International and Domestic)

Students are also encouraged to explore internship possibilities with their advisor and use their Lynk funding to embark on summer internships or research abroad to perfect their German language skills and/or gain valuable experience in their fields of interest.

  • The DAAD RISE program, for example, attracts students in the sciences, including those with no German language background. The McCulloch Center can provide more details on international internships funding and details.
  • Students and alum who studied this major or are working in the industry can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs, and graduate school.  Use the MHC Intern Network to connect with MHC students and recent alum who have held internships. Search by major, location, position, or employer.

Additional Resources

  • GoinGlobal provides country-specific career information, expert advice, and insider tips for finding employment opportunities at home and abroad. Log in with yourHandshakeaccount.
  • Buzzfile and Vault Career Insiderare useful tools available through the CDC for in-depth career research into specific areas of interest.
  • German Embassy: Browse the Embassy website for information on the German labor market, obtaining a visa, and application processes.
  • Idealist: Find internships and jobs at non-profits organizations in German-speaking countries or in the United States.
  • Teach English Abroad: The Transitions Abroad website offers several articles and guides to teaching ESL abroad, as well as a links page of the best ESL overseas teaching programs.
  • What Can I Do With This Major: Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with language majors, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.
  • European Career Fair at MIT
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: Maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, this online database gives a detailed description of various fields/occupations including interpreters & translators, social scientists, teachers, and international business consultants.

European Studies Internships

Resources

Possible companies:

  • Sidley Austin, LLP
  • National Economic Research Association
  • Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
  • Turkish Industrialists & Businessmen Association, EU
  • Alchemy Asset Management
  • United Bulgarian Bank
  • Haus Publishing, Ltd.
  • Saxony State Parliament
  • International Office of Albert-Ludwig University
  • Institute of Public Administration and European Integration

Great positions for students with this major:

  • Research Assistant
  • Teacher (public/private school)
  • University Instructor/Professor
  • Legal Assistant
  • Lawyer
  • Analyst
  • International Recruiter for College/University
  • Lobbyist
  • Consultant
  • Writer/Editor/Publisher
  • Librarian
  • Embassy Worker

Examples of internships and jobs for German majors

Students with this major have completed internships and/or jobs at:

  • Meridian International Center
  • Morrison & Foster, LLP
  • Insight Direct
  • Massachusetts Superior Court
  • US Department of the Interior
  • Laurin Publishing Co.
  • Theodor Storm Gesellschaft, Germany
  • The Franklin Institute Science Museum
  • US Embassy Berlin
  • National Yiddish Book Center
  • Dept. of Justice, Office of Immigration
  • Haus Publishing, Ltd.

Great positions for students with this major:

  • Teacher
  • Program Associate/Coordinator
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Assistant
  • Translator
  • Writer/Editor
  • Government worker
  • Librarian
  • International Businessperson
  • Analyst
  • Embassy Worker
  • Publishing Assistant